Stephanie Maasik, Nanaimo Sustainable Science Society outreach coordinator, uses an iPad to program tiny robots that light, twirl, turn, speed up and slow down according to pre-programmed commands. Children can also program the little bots by drawing tracks on paper with coloured magic markers. The activity is one of dozens of activities children can explore that make science fun at the society’s science studio drop-in program on Jingle Pot Road. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Children explore science for fun at drop-in studio in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Sustainable Science Society offers programs plus experiment-packed Halloween event

There’s a place in Nanaimo where snakes are made from soap bubbles, ping pong balls levitate on a column of air and tiny robots are programmed with magic markers.

Science Studio, one of more than a dozen programs run by Nanaimo Sustainable Science Society, is where children learn that science is fun through activities that are more like play than science.

Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society runs programs for participants of all ages throughout the year. Science Studio, located at 4355 Jingle Pot Rd., runs morning drop-in programs Thursdays and Saturdays and every third Wednesday evening of each month for children four years old and up plus a weekly science club Tuesday afternoon throughout the school year.

Staff are also applying science for a ghoulish and ghostly event at Bowen Park where participants can create their own spooky slime, decode secret messages in a haunted house and brew up some special recipes in a cauldron of chemistry with mad scientists from Vancouver Island University.

“The Spooktacular Science Challenge is our biggest event of the year,” said Stephanie Maasik, society outreach coordinator.

The event gets underway at the Bowen Park lower picnic shelter Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.

To learn more visit http://nanaimoscience.org/.



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